Midlothian public to discover benefits of Occupational Therapy

People with an illness or disability in Midlothian are being urged to find out more about the benefits of Occupational Therapy.

As part of Occupational Therapy Week, which runs nationwide from 1-7 November, NHS Lothian staff are eager to highlight the work they provide to help people live their everyday lives more independently.

Sheena Wight, Occupational Therapy Manager, East and Midlothian Community Health Partnerships, said:

 “We would recommend anyone with an illness or disability to find out more about Occupational Therapy.
“The service we provide is often misunderstood or misrepresented.
“We work by assessing people's daily activities and then providing practical advice, equipment, techniques and training to help them cope with difficulties and lead their lives as independently as possible.
“We often deal with people who have had a stroke, those who have long term conditions like arthritis or people who experience falls, but anyone can use our service.”

Gerry Power, General Manager, Midlothian and East Lothian CHP, added:

“This is an excellent service, offered to people within their local communities, helping them to deal with and overcome the difficulties they encounter in their everyday lives.”

If you feel you may benefit from a visit from an Occupational Therapist, you can contact Ann Morrison, Midlothian Community Physical Rehabilitation Team, call: 0131 537 9883 (Monday – Friday).  

01/11/2010